Sweet Water rises in poll after Marengo win

ALABAMA SPORTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL POLL Week 4 – Sept. 20, 2017

(First-place votes and current record in parentheses)
 Class 7A
1. Central-Phenix City (22) (3-0) 334
2. Hoover (6) (3-1) 284
3. Thompson (1) (3-0) 243
4. Hewitt-Trussville (1) (3-0) 216
5. McGill-Toolen (3-0) 176
6. Spain Park (3-1) 129
7. Auburn (3-1) 127
8. Fairhope (3-1) 78
9. Theodore (3-1) 39
10. Jeff Davis (3-1) 31
Others receiving votes: Oak Mountain (3-1) 16, Bob Jones (2-2) 14, Mountain Brook (2-2) 9, James Clemens (1-2) 6, Sparkman (2-1) 6, Mary G. Montgomery (0-4) 2, Enterprise (1-3) 1.

Class 6A
1. Austin (24) (4-0) 341
2. Pinson Valley (4) (4-0) 270
3. Oxford (2) (4-0) 252
4. Ramsay (2-1) 174
5. Opelika (3-1) 171
6. Wetumpka (4-0) 150
7. Spanish Fort (3-1) 100
8. Daphne (3-1) 71
9. Blount (3-1) 65
10. Homewood (4-0) 46
Others receiving votes: Saraland (3-1) 30, Sidney Lanier (4-0) 15, Muscle Shoals (3-1) 8, Hartselle (3-1) 5, Park Crossing (3-1) 5, Minor (3-1) 3, Benjamin Russell (3-0) 2, Clay-Chalkville (3-1) 2.

Class 5A
1. Briarwood Chr. (27) (3-0) 350
2. St. Paul’s (3) (4-0) 275
3. Alexandria (4-0) 223
4. Carroll (3-0) 208
5. Beauregard (1-1) 173
6. Mae Jemison-Huntsville (4-0) 128
7. Jackson (3-0) 77
8. Wenonah (2-1) 73
9. Eufaula (3-1)48
10. St. Clair Co. (3-0) 36
Others receiving votes:  Jemison (2-2) 21, Greenville (1-1) 16, Brooks (2-1) 13, Pleasant Grove (2-1) 10, Boaz (1-2) 8, Calera (3-1) 8, Central-Clay CO. (2-2) 8, Mortimer Jordan (3-1) 8, Etowah (3-1) 7, Charles Henderson (1-2) 4, Crossville (3-0) 4, Demopolis (3-1) 4, Corner (2-2) 3, Williamson (2-1) 3, Hayden (2-2) 1, Talladega (3-1) 1.

Class 4A
1. Leeds (18) (4-0) 318
2. Andalusia (6) (3-1) 265
3. Rogers (5) (4-0) 244
4. UMS-Wright (1) (3-1) 212
5. Fayette Co. (4-0) 192
6. Tallassee (4-0) 155
7. Thomasville (3-0) 117
8. Deshler (3-0) 67
9. Wilson (3-0)  55
10. Hokes Bluff (2-1) 24
Others receiving votes: Alabama Chr. (4-0) 22, Madison Co. (3-0) 15, Saks (3-0) 13, Munford (2-1) 7, Montgomery Catholic (3-1) 2, Dale Co. (3-1) 1, Madison Acad. (1-2) 1.

Class 3A
1. Mobile Chr. (22) (3-0) 336
2. Piedmont (8) (3-1) 291
3. Gordo (2-1) 213
4. Oakman (3-0) 184
5. Weaver (3-0) 174
6. T.R. Miller (3-0) 131
7. Randolph Co. (2-1) 121
8. Ohatchee (3-1) 72
9. Plainview. (4-0) 36
10. Wicksburg (3-0) 24
Others receiving votes: Hillcrest-Evergreen (2-1) 22, Fultondale (3-0) 20, Clarke Co. (2-1) 16, Pike Co. (2-1) 13, American Chr. (3-1) 10, Montevallo (2-1) 10, Montgomery Acad. (3-1) 9, Colbert Co. (3-0) 8, Lauderdale Co. (2-1) 6, Sylvania (3-0) 6, Geneva (3-0) 3, Opp (1-2) 3, Greene Co. (2-1) 1. West Morgan (3-1) 1.

Class 2A
1. Fyffe (27) (3-0) 351
2. Lanett (3) (4-0) 274
3. Leroy (3-0) 224
4. Aliceville (2-1) 196
5. Elba (2-1) 182
6. LaFayette (3-1) 153
7. Goshen (3-0) 113
8. Sulligent (3-0) 86

9. Abbeville (3-0) 67

10. St. Luke’s  (2-0) 20
Others receiving votes:Thorsby (3-0) 14, J.U. Blacksher (3-0) 9, Sand Rock (2-1) 9, Tanner (2-2) 9, Tarrant (2-1) 2, Section (3-1) 1

Class 1A
1. Maplesville (30) (3-0) 360
2. Pickens Co. (3-0) 231
3. Brantley (3-0) 215
4. Sweet Water (2-1) 198
5. Addison (4-0) 189
6. Georgiana (4-0) 137
7. Linden (2-1) 136
8. Houston Co. (4-0) 90
9. Isabella (3-0) 56
10. Marengo (2-1) 38
Others receiving votes: Wadley (3-0) 29, Decatur Heritage (3-0) 10, Lynn (4-0) 5, Notasulga (2-2) 5, Cedar Bluff (1-2) 2, Cherokee (3-0) 2, Hubbertville (0-2) 2, South Lamar (3-1) 2, Spring Garden (2-1) 2, Hackleburg (2-1) 1.

AISA
1. Autauga Acad. (27) (4-0) 351
2. Escambia Acad. (2) (6-0) 275
3. Monroe Acad. (1) (5-0) 234
4. Chambers Acad. (4-0) 203
5. South Choctaw Acad.  (3-1) 142
6. Bessemer Acad. (3-3) 108
7. Lee-Scott (3-1) 105
8. Pike Liberal (4-1) 97
9. Jackson Acad. (4-1) 70
10. Tuscaloosa Acad. (3-1) 63
Others receiving votes: Crenshaw Chr. (4-1) 19, Fort Dale Acad. (3-1) 12, Abbeville Chr. (2-3) 9, Marengo Acad. (1-3) 8, Glenwood School (2-3) 5, Pickens Acad. (2-2) 4, Patrician Acad. (2-2) 3, Macon-East (3-1) 1, Springwood (3-1) 1.

The Alabama Sports Writers Association prep committee members are: Paul Beaudry (Chairman), Alabama Media Group; Lizi Arbogast, Alexander City Outlook; Josh Dutton, Andalusia Star-News; Andrew Garner, Atmore Advance; Josh Bean, Birmingham News; Rob Rice, Blount Countian; Shannon Fagan, Cherokee Herald; Ross Wood, Clarke Co. Democrat; Jake Winfrey, Cullman Times; Johnathan Bentley, Daily Mountain Eagle; Justin Graves, Decatur Daily; Nicholas Finch, Demopolis Times; David Mundee, Dothan Eagle; Lee Peacock, Evergreen Courant; Cody Dowler, Fort Payne Times-Journal; Craig Thomas, Florence TimesDaily; Jeremy Smith, Freelance (Demopolis); Chris McCarthy, Gadsden Messenger; J.J. Hicks, Gadsden Times; Daniel Boyette, Huntsville Times; Ben Thomas, Mobile Press-Register; Stacy Long, Montgomery Advertiser; Scott Fields, Opelika-Auburn News; Shannon Allen, Sand Mountain Reporter; Jason Bowen, Scottsboro Daily Sentinel; Thomas Scott, Selma Times-Journal; Alec Etheridge, Shelby County Reporter; Lavonte Young, Talladega Daily Home; Joey Chandler, Tuscaloosa News; Evan Dudley, Wetumpka Herald. Not voting: Joe Medley, Anniston Star.

Marengo Panthers pummel Millry

Marengo (2-0, 1-0) opened Class 1A, Region 1 play Friday night with a 36-15 road victory over Millry. The Panthers got a pair of 100-yard rushing performances to anchor the effort.

Alphonzo Lewis amassed 107 yards on 17 carries in addition to returning a punt 65 yards for a touchdown. Quindaris Ausbon had 11 carries for 101 yards including a 28-yard touchdown run.

Roosevelt Thompson totaled 44 yards on four carries and had touchdown runs of three and 11 yards. Calvin Ferguson ran for 54 yards on six carries. Phelix Hosea ran for 41 yards and a touchdown on five carries.

De’Angelos Crispin helped lead the defensive effort with nine tackles and an interception while Ronald Bouler finished with 10 tackles and three sacks. Johnny Kennedy had seven tackles and two sacks. Kevian Cade notched five tackles and a sacks. Dominique Harris intercepted a pass.

Marengo is set to travel to Sweet Water Friday night to challenge its Region 1 rival.

Sweet Water, Linden hold in ASWA poll

(Photo by Johnny Autery)
Sweet Water running back Xavier Lucy (7) takes a handoff from quarterback Jonah Smith during last Thursday’s exhibition contest with Clarke County. The Bulldogs, ranked No. 2 in Class 1A, open Friday with Thomasville.

ALABAMA SPORTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL POLL Week 1 – Aug. 30, 2017

(First-place votes and current record in parentheses)
 Class 7A
1. Central-Phenix City (20) (1-0) <ws>318
2. Hoover (7) (0-1) <ws>272
3. Thompson (1) (1-0) <ws>237
4. Hewitt-Trussville (1) (0-0) <ws>200
5. McGill-Toolen (1-0) <ws>155
6. James Clemens (0-0) <ws>154
7. Spain Park (1-0) <ws>129
8. Auburn (1-0) <ws>87
9. Enterprise (1-0) <ws>56
10. Bob Jones (0-1) <ws>20
Others receiving votes: Mountain Brook (1-0) 17, Davidson (0-1) 2, Murphy (0-1) 2, Baker (1-0) 1, Gadsden City (0-1) 1, Grissom (1-0) 1, Theodore (1-0) 1.

Class 6A
1. Ramsay (21) (0-0) <ws>304
2. Austin (3) (1-0) <ws>235
3. Blount (1) (1-0) <ws>233
4. Oxford (1) (1-0) <ws>199
5. Opelika (1) (1-0) <ws>189
6. Pinson Valley (2) (1-0) <ws>169
7. Daphne (1-0) <ws>109
8. Muscle Shoals (1-0) <ws>91
9. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (0-1) <ws>60
10. Park Crossing (1-0) <ws>45
Others receiving votes: Wetumpka (1-0) 6, Hazel Green (0-0) 5, Parker (0-0) 3, Minor (0-1) 2, Spanish Fort (0-1) 2, Jackson-Olin (1-0) 1.

Class 5A
1. Beauregard (27) (0-0) <ws>342
2. Briarwood Chr. (0-0) <ws>256
3. St. Paul’s (2) (1-0) <ws>240
4. Alexandria (1-0) <ws>186
5. Carroll (0-0) <ws>154
6. Central-Clay Co. (1-0) <ws>130
7. Vigor (0-1) <ws>102
8. Eufaula (1-0) <ws>91
9. Wenonah (0-0) <ws>90
10. Brooks (0-0)<ws>41
Others receiving votes:  Etowah (1-0) 7, Russellville (0-0) 6, Mae Jemison-Huntsville (1-0) 2, Mortimer Jordan (1-0) 2, Pleasant Grove (0-0) 2, Charles Henderson (0-0) 1, Jackson (0-0) 1.

Class 4A
1. Handley (28) (0-0) <ws>345
2. UMS-Wright (1-0) <ws>250
3. Rogers (1-0) <ws>209
4. Leeds (1) (1-0) <ws>196
5. Andalusia (0-1) <ws>157
6. Fayette Co. (1-0) <ws>127
7. Hokes Bluff (0-0) <ws>118
8. Madison Acad. (0-1)  <ws>94
9. Tallassee (1-0) <ws>46
10. St. James (0-1) <ws>35
Others receiving votes: Thomasville (1-0) 24, Wilson (1-0) 18, Cordova (0-1) 16, Cherokee Co. (0-1) 5, Madison Co. (0-0) 5, Dale Co. (1-0) 4, North Jackson (1-0) 3, Munford (0-1) 1.

Class 3A
1. Mobile Chr. (21) (1-0) <ws>324
2. Piedmont (8) (0-1) <ws>263
3. Ohatchee (1-0) <ws>223
4. Montevallo (0-0) <ws>185
5. Gordo (0-1) <ws>159
6. Opp (0-0) <ws>129
7. Oakman (0-0) <ws>118
8. Weaver (1-0) <ws>81
9. Pike Co. (0-0) <ws>78
10. Randolph Co. (0-0) <ws>47
Others receiving votes: Clarke Co. (0-0) 19, Hillcrest-Evergreen (0-0) 6, New Hope (0-1) 5, T.R. Miller (0-0) 5, Bayside Acad. (1-0) 4, Plainview (1-0) 3, Fultondale (0-0) 2, Lauderdale Co. (0-0) 2.

Class 2A
1. Fyffe (25) (0-0) <ws>334
2. Aliceville (2) (0-0) <ws>255
3. Lanett (2) (1-0) <ws>235
4. Elba (0-0) <ws>208
5. G.W. Long (0-0) <ws>160
6. Tanner (1-0) <ws>152
7. Leroy (0-0) <ws>118
8. New Brockton (0-0) <ws>80
9. Sand Rock (0-0) <ws>54
10. LaFayette (0-1) <ws>42
Others receiving votes: Luverne (0-0) 6, Reeltown (0-1) 5, Sheffield (0-1) 2, Goshen (0-0) 1, Southern Choctaw (0-0) 1.

Class 1A
1. Maplesville (28) (0-0) <ws>345
2. Sweet Water (0-0) <ws>250
3. Linden (1) (0-0) <ws>227
4. Pickens Co. (0-0) <ws>197
5. Brantley (0-0) <ws>176
6. Addison (1-0) <ws>138
7. Cedar Bluff (0-0) <ws>112
8. Spring Garden (0-0) <ws>77
9. Notasulga (1-0) <ws>52
10. Marengo (0-0) <ws>50
Others receiving votes: Hackleburg (0-0) 8, Houston Co. (1-0) 7, Decatur Heritage (1-0) 5, Georgiana (1-0) 5, Sumiton Chr. (1-0) 3, Isabella (0-0) 1.

AISA
1. Autauga Acad. (27) (2-0) <ws>342
2. Bessemer Acad. (1) (2-1) <ws>251
3. Escambia Acad.  (3-0) <ws>235
4. Monroe Acad. (1) (2-0) <ws>215
5. Glenwood (1-1) <ws>163
6. Chambers Acad. (1-0) <ws>143
7. Pike Liberal (2-0) <ws>98
8. Abbeville Chr. (1-1) <ws>87
9. South Choctaw Acad.  (1-1) <ws>54
10. Jackson Acad. (2-0) <ws>24
Others receiving votes: Lee-Scott Acad. (0-1) 22, Patrician Acad. (1-0) 12, Pickens Acad. (1-0) 3, Tuscaloosa Acad. (0-1) 2, Lowndes Acad. (1-0) 1, Morgan Acad. (1-0) 1.

The Alabama Sports Writers Association prep committee members are: Paul Beaudry (Chairman), Alabama Media Group; Lizi Arbogast, Alexander City Outlook; Josh Dutton, Andalusia Star-News; Joe Medley, Anniston Star; Andrew Garner, Atmore Advance; Josh Bean, Birmingham News; Rob Rice, Blount Countian; Shannon Fagan, Cherokee Herald; Ross Wood, Clarke Co. Democrat; Jake Winfrey, Cullman Times; Johnathan Bentley, Daily Mountain Eagle; Justin Graves, Decatur Daily; Nicholas Finch, Demopolis Times; Lee Peacock, Evergreen Courant; Craig Thomas, Florence TimesDaily; Cody Dowler, Fort Payne Times-Journal; Jeremy Smith, Freelance (Demopolis); Chris McCarthy, Gadsden Messenger; J.J. Hicks, Gadsden Times; Daniel Boyette, Huntsville Times; Ben Thomas, Mobile Press-Register; Stacy Long, Montgomery Advertiser; Scott Fields, Opelika-Auburn News; Shannon Allen, Sand Mountain Reporter; Jason Bowen, Scottsboro Daily Sentinel; Alec Etheridge, Shelby County Reporter; Lavonte Young, Talladega Daily Home; Joey Chandler, Tuscaloosa News; Evan Dudley, Wetumpka Herald. Not voting: David Mundee, Dothan Eagle; Thomas Scott, Selma Times-Journal.

Sweet Water at No. 2 to open ASWA preseason football poll

(Photo by Johnny Autery)
Sweet Water coach Pat Thompson instructs his team during the first day of fall practice Monday. The Bulldogs are the highest ranked squad in the county, debuting at No. 2 in the ASWA preseason poll.

Changes abound as Marengo County high schools ready for the 2017 football season. A year marked by turnover at the top, four of the six high school football teams in the county have welcomed new head coaches.

In Class 5A, Brian Seymore is in from Class 7A Mary Montgomery and his Tigers debut in the Alabama Sports Writers Association preseason poll on the outside looking in. The Tigers, who were 7-4 a season ago, are the highest vote getter in the classification not to make the Top 10. Joining them in the “others receiving votes” category are notable powers Russellville, Jackson, Charles Henderson and Mortimer Jordan as well as region foe Calera. Topping the Class 5A ranking is reigning champion Beauregard, which received 23 of 31 first place votes. Briarwood Christian is No. 2 and garnered three first place votes. St. Paul’s received two first place votes and sits at No. 3.

Reigning champ and perennial power Maplesville tops the Class 1A poll with 29 first place votes. But Marengo County is well represented in the AHSAA’s smallest classification as three school populate the Top 10. Sweet Water sits at No. 2 off a 9-3 season saw them finish in the quarterfinal round. They tallied 261 total points, putting them just ahead of Linden. The Patriots, who are in their first season under new head coach Demetrice Jackson, were 13-1 a season ago and ended their campaign in the semifinals. Marengo High pulls in at No. 9 in the preseason poll, just one point ahead of No. 10 Notasulga. Eberne Myrthil’s Panthers were 6-5 last season and lost a thrilling first round playoff game to Brantley.

Marengo Academy has been a dominant force in the AISA and looks to continue that trend in 2017. New coach Lebo Jones and his team will have to earn every bit of respect they get this season as the Longhorns are well outside of the Top 10 in the “others receiving votes” category following an offseason permeated with coaching questions before the late hire of the new head man.

A.L. Johnson, which saw the departure of Johnney Ford two weeks ago and the hiring of Roosevelt Moore late last week, is the lone Marengo County team not mentioned in the preseason poll.

ALABAMA SPORTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL POLL Preseason – Aug. 9, 2017

(First-place votes and 2016 record in parentheses)

 Class 7A
1. Hoover (29) (12-2) 366
2. Central-Phenix City (1) (10-2) 261
3. Thompson (5-5) 229
4. Hewitt-Trussville (1) (11-1) 191
5. James Clemens (8-4) 179
6. McGill-Toolen (13-1) 171
7. Spain Park (8-3) 114
8. Bob Jones (7-4) 83
9. Auburn (8-4) 64
10. Enterprise (10-2) 56
Others receiving votes: Gadsden City (7-6) 22, Mountain Brook (8-3) 10, Vestavia Hills (5-5) 8, Lee-Montgomery (0-9) 5, Murphy (6-5) 5, Sparkman (4-6) 3.

Class 6A
1. Ramsay (18) (13-2) 297
2. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (4) (11-1) 233
3. Blount (1) (10-3) 201
4. Austin (2) (10-4) 194
5. Opelika (13-2) 184
6. Pinson Valley (5) (8-4) 180
7. Oxford (10-1) 155
8. Daphne (1) (9-3) 108
9. Muscle Shoals (7-6) 76
10. Park Crossing (13-1) 44
Others receiving votes: Spanish Fort (10-3) 43, Gardendale (8-4) 12, Hazel Green (6-4) 8, Jackson-Olin (8-3) 8, Clay-Chalkville (6-5) 5, Sidney Lanier (8-3) 5, Wetumpka (8-3) 5, Decatur (10-2) 4, Saraland (6-5) 3, McAdory (8-4) 1, Pell City (6-5) 1.

Class 5A
1. Beauregard (26) (13-1) 350
2. Briarwood Chr. (3) (12-2) 270
3. St. Paul’s (2) (9-4) 260
4. Vigor (8-4) 183
T5. Alexandria (5-4) 127
T5. Carroll (12-1) 127
7. Central-Clay Co. (9-3) 97
8. Wenonah (11-3) 90
9. Eufaula (8-3) 87
10. Brooks (9-3)56
Others receiving votes:  Demopolis (7-4) 25, Russellville (8-4) 19, Jackson (9-4) 15, Charles Henderson (7-4) 11, Mortimer Jordan (10-3) 10, Scottsboro (12-1) 10, Etowah (9-3) 9, Calera (8-4) 7, Guntersville (6-5) 6, Fairfield (7-5) 5, Pleasant Grove (4-7) 2, Moody (4-6) 1.

Class 4A
1. Handley (29) (13-2) 365
2. Andalusia (12-2) 257
3. Madison Acad. (11-4) 188
4. UMS-Wright (1) (9-3) 172
5. Rogers (12-1) 162
6. Leeds (1) (8-4) 142
7. St. James (10-2) 101
8. Hokes Bluff (9-5)  80
9. Cordova (9-3) 74
10. Fayette Co. (5-7) 61
Others receiving votes: Tallassee (9-4) 54, Cherokee Co. (10-3) 26, Wilson (8-3) 25, Madison Co. (6-5) 19, Thomasville (9-3) 12, Bibb Co. (8-4) 7, Dale Co. (7-4) 7, North Jackson (6-5) 6, Munford (6-5) 4, West Blocton (6-5) 3, Haleyville (9-2) 2.

Class 3A
1. Piedmont (27) (15-0) 351
2. Mobile Chr. (3) (13-2) 271
3. Gordo (1) (13-1) 268
4. Ohatchee (12-2) 165
5. Montevallo (10-2) 162
6. Opp (9-2) 110
7. Oakman (8-5) 109
8. Pike Co. (9-3) 85
9. Weaver (9-4) 72
10. Randolph Co. (10-3) 59
Others receiving votes: Clarke Co. (4-6) 43, Hillcrest-Evergreen (5-7) 24, Lauderdale Co. (7-5) 12, T.R. Miller (8-3) 12, Fultondale (8-3) 9, Bayside Acad. (8-5) 5, Plainview (6-5) 4, Wicksburg (8-4) 4, Lexington (8-4) 1, Straughn (4-6) 1.

Class 2A
1. Fyffe (28) (15-0) 354
2. Aliceville (1) (13-2) 272
3. Lanett (1) (11-3) 230
4. Elba (10-3) 225
5. G.W. Long (1) (12-1) 154
6. Tanner (9-4) 128
7. LaFayette (12-1) 125
8. Leroy (8-4) 110
9. New Brockton (7-5) 52
10. Sand Rock (9-3) 43
Others receiving votes: Reeltown (6-5) 17, Sheffield (9-3) 13, Goshen (8-4) 12, Southern Choctaw (10-2) 12, Cleveland (8-4) 5, Washington Co. (6-4) 5, Horseshoe Bend (6-5) 4, Cold Springs (5-6) 2, Westbrook Chr. (3-7) 2, Luverne (7-4) 1, Red Bay (8-3) 1.

Class 1A
1. Maplesville (29) (14-0) 365
2. Sweet Water (9-3) 261
3. Linden (2) (13-1) 246
4. Pickens Co. (11-4) 210
5. Brantley (7-5) 166
6. Addison (13-1) 110
7. Cedar Bluff (8-4) 107
8. Spring Garden (10-2) 79
9. Marengo (6-5) 50
10. Notasulga (7-5) 49
Others receiving votes: Hackleburg (9-3) 30, Houston Co. (6-5) 22, Loachapoka (3-8) 13, Georgiana (12-1) 12, Wadley (10-1) 12, Decatur Heritage (10-3) 10, Isabella (10-2) 10, Ragland (7-4) 5, Sumiton Chr. (9-3) 3, Hubbertville (10-2) 2 South Lamar (6-5) 2, Millry (4-7) 1, Talladega Co. Central (4-6) 1, Woodville (5-6) 1.

AISA
1. Autauga Acad. (28) (13-0) 353
2. Bessemer Acad. (2) (13-1) 283
3. Escambia Acad.  (8-5) 247
4. Monroe Acad. (1) (11-2) 215
5. Glenwood (8-4) 185
6. South Choctaw Acad.  (8-3) 139
7. Chambers Acad. (12-1) 127
8. Abbeville Chr. (7-6) 77
9. Pike Liberal (6-5) 49
10. Lee-Scott (7-5) 41
Others receiving votes: Clarke Prep (4-8) 21, Patrician (5-6) 14, Cornerstone Chr. (8-3) 5, Marengo Acad. (11-1) 5, Southern Acad. (4-7) 4, Lakeside (5-6) 1, Lowndes Acad. (8-3) 1.

The Alabama Sports Writers Association prep committee members are: Paul Beaudry (Chairman), Alabama Media Group; Lizi Arbogast, Alexander City Outlook; Josh Dutton, Andalusia Star-News; Joe Medley, Anniston Star; Andrew Garner, Atmore Advance; Gary Estwick, Birmingham News; Rob Rice, Blount Countian; Shannon Fagan, Cherokee Herald; Ross Wood, Clarke Co. Democrat; Jake Winfrey, Cullman Times; Johnathan Bentley, Daily Mountain Eagle; Justin Graves, Decatur Daily; Nicholas Finch, Demopolis Times; David Mundee, Dothan Eagle; Lee Peacock, Evergreen Courant; Craig Thomas, Florence TimesDaily; Cody Dowler, Fort Payne Times-Journal; Jeremy Smith, Freelance (Demopolis); Chris McCarthy, Gadsden Messenger; J.J. Hicks, Gadsden Times; Daniel Boyette, Huntsville Times; Ben Thomas, Mobile Press-Register; Stacy Long, Montgomery Advertiser; Scott Fields, Opelika-Auburn News; Shannon Allen, Sand Mountain Reporter; Jason Bowen, Scottsboro Daily Sentinel; Thomas Scott, Selma Times-Journal; Alec Etheridge, Shelby County Reporter; Lavonte Young, Talladega Daily Home; Joey Chandler, Tuscaloosa News; Evan Dudley, Wetumpka Herald.

 

Richardson earns WAW Player of the Year; Bolden takes coach honor

It’s hard to argue with success. And it’s hard to argue that anybody in Marengo County had more success this season than Linden High junior Amber Richardson. She led her team a 22-5 record and narrowly missed a second consecutive trip to the state semifinals.

Richardson averaged an eye-popping 18.4 points and 13.7 rebounds per contest this season while also stealing the ball 143 times. A 5-7 center with wing skills, Richardson routinely drew post defense responsibilities, but still found ways to be effective against larger players.

As the season wore on, Richardson seemed to get better. In the sub-regional against McIntosh, Richardson tallied 35 points, 23 rebounds and eight assists while sitting most of the fourth quarter. In the first round of the South Regional at the Dothan Civic Center, Richardson sustained an ankle injury just before half. With their leading scorer out of the lineup, the Patriots fell into a double-digit hole. Richardson re-emerged with 2:48 left in the third quarter and did all but help the Mud Dogs win the Bourbon Bowl as she led her team on a 20-5 run to beat Pleasant Home.

Richardson, who was a varsity starter at John Essex in the seventh and eighth grades, is the West Alabama Watchman Girls Basketball Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.

Richardson earned Second Team All-County honors from The Watchman back in 2014 when she averaged 14.94 points per game for John Essex. After sitting her freshman season following the closure of Essex and her transfer to Linden, Richardson has tallied 970 points and 685 rebounds. That scoring output helped her shatter the 1,000-point mark this season and puts her in position to possibly end her career with more than 1,500 points and 1,200 rebounds in her career.

Joining her on the list of Watchman honors is Linden coach Teressa Bolden. While the success Bolden’s team had in 2015-2016 shocked the state, the encore performance proved even more challenging. After going 18-7 and ending in the Class 1A state championship a season ago, Linden lacked the luxury of being able to sneak up on teams in 2016-2017. Still, the Lady Patriots were ranked in the Top 5 the entire season and compiled a 22-5 record. Those losses came to Class 5A Demopolis, Class 4A state runner-up Greensboro and Class 1A state runner-up J.F. Shields.

For her efforts, Bolden is the 2017 West Alabama Watchman Girls Basketball Coach of the Year.

 West Alabama Watchman Girls Basketball All-County Team

First Team

Amber Richardson, Jr. – Linden

J’Mya Hall, Fr. – Marengo

Sylvia Clayton, Sr. – Demopolis

Tomysha Boykin, Sr. – Linden

Aniya Johnson, Fr. – Demopolis

Second Team

Darnesha Harris, Sr. – Demopolis

Imiya Agee, Sr. – Linden

Shakesaney Bell, Jr.. – Demopolis

Akayla McGhee, Fr.. – A.L. Johnson

Dajia Miller, Jr. – Linden

Marengo High teams cap season in sub-regional round

The Marengo High varsity basketball teams concluded their seasons Tuesday night with a pair of losses to J.F. Shields in sub-regional action.

The Lady Panthers opened the night with a 75-55 loss to J.F. Shields. J’Mya Hall had 24 points and 12 rebounds to lead Marengo. Iesha Bouler added 11 points and nine rebounds. Angela Bouler had 10 points and eight rebounds.

Marquaja Brown scored 28 points for Shields. Ti’Ajah McCreary finished with 26 points while ShaMya Johnson had 10.

The varsity boys lost to Shields 44-32. Cordarius Pritchett tallied 16 points and eight rebounds. Tyrik Nettles headed the effort for Shields with 16 points while Benjamin Lyman had 13.

Both Shields teams advance to the South Regional in Dothan Friday. The girls will face Kinston while the boys tangle with Georgiana.

Marengo downs Sweet Water in OT to advance; Linden moves on

An exciting night of basketball in the first round of the Class 1A, Area 4 boys tournament saw Linden and Marengo advance to Friday’s championship game.

Marengo rallied with an 18-point fourth quarter to force overtime against Sweet Water, getting eight points from Cordarius Pritchett in the bonus frame to win 55-53. After having gone scoreless in the game’s middle quarters, Pritchett hung 14 points on the board in the fourth and overtime including a 6 of 8 stretch from the free throw line. Roosevelt Thompson played the role of wingman, scoring seven points in the fourth quarter to help force the extra period.

After having led 22-18 at half, the Panthers managed only five points in the third quarter to open the door for Sweet Water.

The Bulldogs got a huge second half out of 6-6 senior Anthony Jones, who scored 18 points after the intermission to get his team back in the game.

Pritchett finished with 20 points for the Panthers. Thompson added 12 points. Jones paced Sweet Water with 20 points, 18 rebounds and four blocks. Trenton Sams added 16 points for the Bulldogs. Sweet Water ends its season at 10-7.

Top-seeded Linden followed with a 66-54 win over A.L. Johnson. Linden scored 42 of its points in the second half to put away a scrappy ALJ squad.

Isaiah Scott led Linden with 17 points. Deantre Johnson added 16 while Dequan Charleston scored 13. JaQuarius Varner had nine for the Patriots.

A.L. Johnson got the bulk of its offense from Leo Baker who finished with 25 points. Robin Harris and Lonnie Henton scored eight apiece for the Eagles. ALJ ends its season at 3-16.

Linden (17-9) hosts Marengo (7-11) Friday night in the Area 4 championship. Linden and Marengo will also meet in the finals of the girls draw at 5:30 Friday in Linden.

Marengo County sees 14 make ASWA all-state team

The Alabama Sports Writers Association released its annual All-State Football Team Christmas Day. The effort recognizes the best players and seasons from all seven AHSAA classifications as well as the AISA.

Marengo County sees 14 players named in some form on the 2016 All-State team. Linden leads that grouping with five honorees. Sweet Water and Marengo Academy have three players each recognized while Marengo High has two and A.L. Johnson has one. Marengo county players are highlighted in bold italics.

The entire ASWA All-State Football Team appears below in its entirety.

CLASS 7A

FIRST TEAM

Offense

QB: Bubba Thompson, McGill-Toolen, Sr., 6-2, 180

RB: Jaxton Carson, Central-Phenix City, Sr., 5-10, 210

RB: Garrett Morris, Auburn, Jr., 6-2, 200

RB: Damon Williams, Gadsden City, Sr., 6-2, 185

REC: Justyn Ross, Central-Phenix City, Jr., 6-4, 195

REC: Henry Ruggs III, Lee-Montgomery, Sr., 6-0, 181

REC: Marlon Williams, McGill-Toolen, Sr., 6-1, 200

OL: Austin Carter, Hoover, Sr., 6-1, 255

OL: Price Delk, Mountain Brook, Sr., 6-2, 240

OL: Preston Mixon, Jeff Davis, Sr., 6-4, 296

OL: Anthony Pettway, Davidson, Sr., 6-0, 295

OL: Kendall Randolph, Bob Jones, Sr., 6-5, 285

K: Barret Pickering, Hoover, Jr., 6-0, 175

Defense

DB: Ben Abercrombie, Hoover, Sr., 5-11, 180

DB: Myles Brown, Thompson, Jr., 5-11, 170

DB: Zyon Gilbert, Jeff Davis, Sr., 6-1, 176

DB: Marcus Jones, Enterprise, Sr., 5-9, 172

LB: Markail Benton, Central-Phenix City, Sr., 6-3, 230

LB: Will Ignont, Buckhorn, Sr., 6-2, 230

LB: Carlton Martial, McGill-Toolen, Sr., 5-11, 215

LB: Monty Rice, James Clemens, Sr., 6-2, 235

DL: Neil Farrell, Murphy, Sr., 6-4, 295

DL: LaBryan Ray, James Clemens, Sr., 6-4, 270

DL: Christon Taylor, Hoover, Sr., 6-0, 210

DL: Damian Thompson, Gadsden City, Sr., 6-2, 295

P: Andrew Osteen, Enterprise, Jr., 6-1, 160

Athlete

Darius Bracy, Baker, Sr., 5-10, 175

Grayson Cash, Hewitt-Trussville, Sr., 6-0, 195

Hunter Gibson, Sparkman, Jr., 6-0, 182

Noah Igbinoghene, Hewitt-Trussville, Sr., 6-0, 195

SECOND TEAM

Offense

QB: Connor Adair, Hewitt-Trussville, Sr., 6-4, 205

RB: Bradley Belt, James Clemens, Sr., 6-2, 190

RB: Donte Edwards, Davidson, Sr., 5-9, 190

RB: Larry Wooden, Spain Park, Sr., 6-0, 187

REC: James Clemons, Davidson, Sr., 6-1, 190

REC: Marquis Johnson, Lee-Montgomery, Sr., 6-4, 208

REC: Chris Sullivan, Theodore, Sr., 6-2, 175

OL: Clayton McConnell, Foley, Sr., 6-3, 270

OL: Patrick Nuss, Vestavia Hills, Sr., 6-7, 280

OL: Quadrick Rice, Gadsden City, Sr., 6-3, 305

OL: Jahlil Ryles, Central-Phenix City, Jr., 6-3, 290

OL: Bredt Stover, Spain Park, Sr., 6-2, 255

K: Mason Dilliard, Mountain Brook, Sr., 5-9, 170

Defense

DB: Avery Atkins, Auburn, Jr., 6-0, 190

DB: Chase Brown, Hoover, Jr., 5-11, 176

DB: Keron Delince, Central-Phenix City, Sr., 5-9, 165

DB: Jay Hawthorne, Bob Jones, Sr., 6-0, 175

LB: Kholbe Coleman-Abrams, Hoover, Sr., 6-0, 217

LB: Kendric Haynes, Murphy, Sr., 6-1, 220

LB: John Jenkins, James Clemens, Sr., 6-2, 215

LB: Nick Mobley, Thompson, Sr., 6-0, 210

DL: Alec Jackson, Jeff Davis, Sr., 6-5, 276

DL: Darius Jones, Enterprise, Sr., 6-2, 240

DL: Allen Love, Huffman, Sr., 6-3, 275

DL: Christian Smith, Hewitt-Trussville, Sr., 6-2, 298

P: Tedarrian Murray, Lee-Montgomery, So., 6-0, 200

Athlete

Brad Anderson, Bob Jones, Sr., 5-8, 170

Travez Bozeman, Jeff Davis, Sr., 5-10, 174

Cincere Flowers, Enterprise, Sr., 5-9, 178

Brandon Hinton, McGill-Toolen, Sr., 5-8, 170

Honorable mention

QB: Cephus Johnson, Davidson, Sr.; Devin Kimbrough, Sparkman, Jr.

RB: Elliott McElwain, Hewitt-Trussville, Jr.

REC: Milkhi Stewart, Bob Jones, Sr.; Chance Warren, Enterprise, Jr.

OL: Amari Kight, Thompson, So.; Mike Maye, Hoover, Jr.

K: Joseph Montano, Davidson, So.; Alvin Rentaria, Central-Phenix City, Sr.

DB: Darius Kearse, Enterprise, Sr.; Rory McCurdy, Huffman, Sr.

LB: Will Wetzler, Mountain Brook, Sr.; Keonte White, Enterprise, Sr.

DL: Mackie McNeal, Thompson, Jr.; Michael Sharpley, James Clemens, Sr.

P: Nick Carney, Oak Mountain, Sr.; Brody Droppleman, James Clemens, Jr.

Athlete: Jaelyn Fleming, Gadsden City, Jr.; Larry Rembert, McGill-Toolen, Sr.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Matt Scott, Gadsden City

CLASS 6A

FIRST TEAM

Offense

QB: Malik Cunningham, Park Crossing, Sr., 6-1, 185

RB: Weldrin Ford, Opelika, Sr., 5-8, 205

RB: Zalon Reynolds, Chelsea, Sr., 5-7, 190

RB: LaDarius Woods, Decatur, Sr., 5-10, 211

REC: Jaylond Adams, Minor, Sr., 5-10, 176

REC: Nico Collins, Clay-Chalkville, Sr., 6-5, 210

REC: Jaleel Heard, Opelika, Sr., 6-0, 190

OL: Jonathan Bishop, Ramsay, Sr., 6-2, 305

OL: RaKavius Chambers, Opelika, Sr., 6-4, 300

OL: Marcus Jenkins, Park Crossing, Jr., 6-4, 328

OL: Marquice Robinson, Austin, Jr., 6-4, 305

OL: Clay Webb, Oxford, So., 6-3, 310

K: Jake Lane, Park Crossing, Sr., 6-1, 155

Defense

DB: Kordell Jackson, Ramsay, Sr., 5-10, 175

DB: Owen Lovell, Cullman, Sr., 6-4, 225

DB: De’Marquis Russell, Carver-Montgomery, Jr., 5-10, 175

DB: J’marick Woods, Florence, Sr., 6-4, 205

LB: KJ Britt, Oxford, Sr., 6-1, 230

LB: Thomas Johnston, Spanish Fort, Sr., 6-2, 220

LB: Josh Marsh, Decatur, Jr., 6-3, 215

LB: T.D. Moultry, Jackson-Olin, Sr., 6-2, 225

DL: Marese McBride, Daphne, Jr., 6-2, 240

DL: Marquel Shelton, Bessemer City, Sr., 6-1, 241

DL: Alfred Thomas, Sidney Lanier, Jr., 6-2, 260

DL: Stacy Willis, Minor, Sr., 6-0, 210

P: Braden Galowitch, Muscle Shoals, Sr., 6-1, 170

Athlete

Malcolm Askew, McAdory, Sr., 6-0, 195

Baniko Harley, Ramsay, Sr., 6-2, 175

Kadarius Toney, Blount, Sr., 6-0, 185

Seth Williams, Paul Bryant, Jr., 6-3, 203

SECOND TEAM

Offense

QB: Cole Frederick, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, Sr., 6-0, 190

RB: Antonio Robinson, Austin, Sr., 5-10, 170

RB: Brian Robinson, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, Sr., 6-1, 213

RB: Alaric Williams, Southside-Gadsden, Sr., 6-1, 213

REC: Joshua Horn, Ramsay, Sr., 6-1, 180

REC: Marques Mason, Bessemer City, So., 6-2, 191

REC: Collins Woods III, Blount, Jr., 6-3, 190

OL: Jake Andrews, Stanhope Elmore, Jr., 6-2, 280

OL: Hunter Brannon, Cullman, Sr., 6-3, 275

OL: Kent Foster, Pell City, Sr., 6-3, 310

OL: Brett Houston, Oxford, Sr., 6-4, 350

OL: Matt Trehern, Saraland, Sr., 6-3, 290

K: Kaleb Mosley, Carver-Montgomery, Jr., 5-9, 180

Defense

DB: Desmond James, Spanish Fort, So., 6-0, 165

DB: Jordyn Peters, Muscle Shoals, Sr., 6-3, 185

DB: Tyrese Swoopes, Austin, Sr., 5-9, 165

DB: Carson Williams, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, Sr., 6-0, 175

LB: Cameron Bright, Park Crossing, Sr., 6-1, 210

LB: Jamal Brooks, Bessemer City, Sr., 6-1, 227

LB: Steven Crowder, Gardendale, Sr., 6-1, 220

LB: Zack Yancey, Opelika, Sr., 5-10, 215

DL: Jale’N Gladney, Ramsay, Sr., 6-0, 290

DL: DeNadio Madison, Blount, Sr., 6-0, 240

DL: Justin Thomas, Spanish Fort, Sr., 6-5, 260

DL: Jamal Woods, Hueytown, Sr., 6-3, 248

P: Jack Peavey, Oxford, Sr., 5-10, 190 

Athlete

Dwan James, LeFlore, Sr., 5-9, 190

Reyard Ellis, Shades Valley, Sr., 6-1, 215

Kavosiey Smoke, Wetumpka, Jr., 6-0, 210

John David Worth, Opelika, Sr., 5-10, 195

HONORABLE MENTION

QB: JaCure’ Jackson, Minor, Sr.; Matt Marquet, Chelsea, Sr.

RB: Carlos Davis, Muscle Shoals, Jr.; Tyetus Smith-Lindsey, Oxford, So.

REC: Torin Mayhew, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, Sr.; Malieq Senior, Austin, Sr.

OL: Dawson Cazola, Gardendale, Sr.; Tyler Jernigan, Baldwin Co., Jr.

K: Tristin Skinner, Cullman, Sr.; Tyler Thomas, Chelsea, Sr.

DB: Will Boler, Opelika, Sr.; Mackell Pippen, Jackson-Olin, Sr.

LB: Hunter Oltmer, Muscle Shoals, Sr.; Brody Syer, Oxford, Jr.

Dl: Keiland Clayton, Clay-Chalkville, Sr.; Jia Langford, Park Crossing, Jr.

P: Nathan Cobb, Florence, Jr.; Diego Guajardo, Daphne, So.

Athlete: Myles Henderson, Daphne, Sr.; Coynis Miller, Jackson-Olin, Jr.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Reuben Nelson, Ramsay

CLASS 5A

FIRST TEAM

Offense

QB: Bo Nix, Scottsboro, So., 6-1, 190

RB: DeKarlos Billingsley, Scottsboro, Sr., 5-11, 195

RB: Eric Evans, Jemison, Jr., 5-9, 205

RB: La’Damian Webb, Beauregard, Jr., 5-8, 184

REC: Demond Brown, Wenonah, Sr., 6-3, 150

REC: Andy Noles, Etowah, Sr., 5-9, 160

REC: Trey Peters, Mortimer Jordan, Sr., 6-0, 170

OL: Will Baumbach, Briarwood, Sr., 6-2, 225

OL: Peyton Nance, Etowah, Sr., 6-1, 305

OL: Austin Stidham, Russellville, Sr., 6-5, 260

OL: Kameron Stutts, Brooks, Jr., 6-5, 320

OL: Corbett Walker, Beauregard, Sr., 6-0, 240

K: Wilson Beaverstock, St. Paul’s, Jr., 5-10, 175

Defense

DB: Zach Feaster, Beauregard, Sr., 6-1, 210

DB: Austin Freeman, Scottsboro, Sr., 6-0, 165

DB: Myles Mason, Pleasant Grove, Jr., 6-3, 190

DB: Tamaurice Smith, St. Paul’s, Sr., 5-9, 175

LB: Hunter Feaster, Beauregard, Jr., 6-1, 185

LB: Jackson Menefee, Guntersville, Sr., 5-11, 205

LB: Gabe Russell, Briarwood, Jr., 6-0, 185

LB: Giovanni Williams, Wenonah, Sr., 6-0, 230

DL: GaJuan Davis, Carroll, Sr., 6-2, 220

DL: Ryan Johnson, St. Paul’s, Sr., 6-4, 255

DL: D.J. Smith, Beauregard, Sr., 6-2, 255

DL: Champ Stewart, Briarwood, Sr., 6-3, 215

P: Joe Gurley, Brooks, Sr., 6-3, 200

Athlete

Jalyn Armour-Davis, St. Paul’s, Jr., 6-1, 170

Charles Crawford, Vigor, Sr., 5-10, 175

Andrew Driskill, Crossville, Jr., 6-0, 180

Alex Hernandez, West Point, Sr., 5-10, 225

SECOND TEAM

Offense

QB: Daulton Hyatt, Etowah, Sr., 6-4, 185

RB: Spencer Brown, Mortimer Jordan, Sr., 6-0, 232

RB: CJ Roberts, Carroll, Sr., 6-0, 195

RB: Alex Thomason, Sylacauga, Sr., 5-10, 198

REC: Davyn Flenord, Central-Clay Co., Sr., 6-2, 185

REC: Emil Smith, Etowah, So., 6-1, 175

REC: Quinton Sutton, Marbury, Sr., 5-10, 155

OL: Trent Brake, Corner, Sr., 6-5, 285

OL: Blake Foss, Carroll, Sr., 5-10, 225

OL: Nathan Harrison, BTW-Tuskegee, Sr., 6-0, 312

OL: Kelton Welborn, Beauregard, Sr., 6-1, 300

OL: Paul Daniels, Dallas Co., Sr., 6-5, 240

K: Bailey Potter, Scottsboro, Sr., 5-8, 180

Defense

DB: Colin Garrison, Russellville, Sr., 5-10, 160

DB: Kobe Griffin, Charles Henderson, Sr., 5-9, 170

DB: Ken Handy, Jackson, Sr., 6-2, 200

DB: Jonathon Orso, Citronelle, Jr., 6-2, 225

LB: Josh Carpenter, Jackson, Sr., 6-1, 200

LB: Landon Ezzell, Russellville, Jr., 6-2, 205

LB: Jamal Hickbottom, Williamson, Jr., 6-3, 225

LB: Sandy Poole, Wenonah, Jr., 5-8, 217

DL: Vincent Fair, Vigor, Sr., 6-1, 225

DL: Devon Matthews, Wenonah, Jr., 6-2, 195

DL: Tim McClendon, Carroll, Jr., 6-0, 205

DL: Evans Wright, Scottsboro, Sr., 6-3, 240

P: Brandon Crosby, Mae Jemison, Sr., 5-9, 180

Athlete

Ragan Ashley, Fairview, Sr., 6-0, 185

William Gray, Briarwood, Sr., 5-10, 195

Telvin Miller, Wenonah, Sr., 5-6, 160

Major Henderson, Guntersville, Sr., 6-0, 170

HONORABLE MENTION

QB: Devne Daniel, Corner, Sr.; Payton Nichols, Russellville, Sr.

RB: Deondre Hampton, Brooks, Sr.; Dyrese Hubbard, BTW-Tuskegee, Jr.

REC: Lazarius Decatur, Brooks, Jr.; CJ Williamson, Guntersville, Jr.

OL: Deven Jenkins, West Point, Jr.; Mackenan Thompson Jr., Calera, Sr.

K: Cameron Bush, Charles Henderson, Jr.; Raul Hernandez, Etowah, Jr.

DB: Chane Lindsey, Central-Tuscaloosa, Sr.; Joseph Tolbert, Eufaula, Sr.

LB Blair Green, Wenonah, Sr.; Justin Roberts, Citronelle, Sr.

DL: Jalen King, Jackson, Jr.; Preston Wilson, Mortimer Jordan, Sr.

P: Graham Haney, Eufaula, Sr.

Athlete: To’maz Pritchett, BTW-Tuskegee, Sr.; Jabronski Williams, Charles Henderson, Sr.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Ronald Cheatham, Wenonah

CLASS 4A

FIRST TEAM

Offense

QB: Grayson Edgemon, Madison Acad., Sr., 6-4, 190

RB: Omar Brown, North Jackson, Sr., 5-10, 202

RB: Michael Matthews, UMS-Wright, Sr., 6-1, 206

RB: Darrian Meads, Hokes Bluff, Fr., 5-10, 185

REC: Jaelin Ferdinand, Madison Acad., Sr., 6-1, 170

REC: Kolbi Fuqua, Cordova, Jr., 6-4, 200

REC: Derrick McQueen, Andalusia, Sr., 6-2, 170

OL: Brian Anderson, Catholic-Montgomery, Sr., 6-3, 280

OL: Bart Boyd, Handley, Sr., 6-1, 223

OL: Nick Canfield, Rogers, So., 5-11, 245

OL: Tommy Kanaley, Andalusia, Sr., 6-6, 285

OL: Jakari Robinson, Munford, Sr., 6-2, 298

K: Bryant Wallace, Rogers, Sr., 6-0, 170

Defense

DB: Allan George, Andalusia, Sr., 6-2, 180

DB: Darius Joiner, Handley, Sr., 6-2, 185

DB: Avery Moates, Wilson, Jr., 6-2, 160

DB: Brady Sherrill, Haleyville, Sr., 5-10, 187

LB: Brayden Craig, West Limestone, Jr., 5-7, 150

LB: Sterling Jones, St. James, Sr., 6-1, 230

LB: Riley Russell, Cherokee Co., Jr., 6-0, 185

LB: Fisher Simmons, Hokes Bluff, Sr., 6-0, 185

DL: Jake Baker, Tallassee, Sr., 6-1, 295

DL: Zach Fife, Cherokee Co., Sr., 6-2, 257

DL: Trevor Hines, Rogers, Sr., 5-9, 175

DL: Mason Watts, UMS-Wright, Sr., 6-0, 220

P: Jackson Spradlin, Dora, Jr., 5-7, 136

Athlete

Reed Blankenship, West Limestone, Sr., 6-2, 180

Jordan Garrett, Madison Acad., Sr., 5-11, 200

Sam Kimel, Randolph, Jr., 5-11, 175

Margarius Buchanan, Dadeville, Sr., 5-10, 175

SECOND TEAM

Offense

QB: Rhett Fetner, Handley, Sr., 6-3, 200

RB: Tae Provens, Madison Co., Jr., 6-0, 190

RB: Blake Underwood, St. James, Sr., 6-0, 190

RB: Trey Underwood, West Blocton, Jr., 6-0, 195

REC: Bryce Gurley, Madison Co., Jr., 6-1, 165

REC: Quartez Henderson, Cherokee Co., Sr., 6-0, 185

REC: Kade Lucius, Rogers, Jr., 6-2, 165

OL: Cody Hendricks, North Jackson, Sr., 5-11, 250

OL: Adam Patterson, Hokes Bluff, Sr., 6-2, 240

OL: Samuel Plash, UMS-Wright, Sr., 6-3, 250

OL: KJ Satcher, Jacksonville, Sr., 6-3, 275

OL: Deangelo Woods, Cordova, Sr., 6-2, 300

K: Hudson Burns, Handley, Sr., 5-10, 155

Defense

DB: Jack Pugh, UMS-Wright, Sr., 5-8, 160

DB: Chandler Teems, Leeds, Sr., 5-10, 175

DB: Jay Thomas, Hale Co., Jr., 6-2, 170

DB: Will Venable, Elmore Co., Sr., 5-11, 148

LB: Trae Drake, Handley, Sr., 6-0, 225

LB: Antonio Gurley, Andalusia, Sr., 5-11, 205

LB: Preston Malone, Northside, Sr., 6-1, 225

LB: Zack Woodard, Thomasville, Sr., 6-2, 230

DL: Jeremiah Allen, Central-Florence, Jr., 6-1, 240

DL: Caleb Ransum, Cherokee Co., Sr., 6-0, 255

DL: Ricky Samuel, W.S. Neal, So., 6-5, 265

DL: Malek Williams, Ashville, Jr., 6-0, 235

P: Josh Davis, Catholic-Montgomery, Sr., 6-4, 190

Athlete

Jacob Graves, Cherokee Co., Sr., 5-7, 165

Niko Richmond, Jacksonville, Sr., 6-0, 185

Alden Stroud, Alabama Chr., Jr., 5-9, 170

Jaylen Washington, Leeds, Jr., 5-9, 151

HONORABLE MENTION

QB: Scott McAlpine, Haleyville, So.; Ethan Wilson, Andalusia, Jr.

RB: Stevonte Tullis, Ashford, Sr.; Spanky Watts, Handley, Sr.

REC: David Poole, Catholic-Montgomery, Sr.; Peyton Reed, Satsuma, Sr.

OL: Conner Hall, Wilson, Sr.; Cody Smith, West Limestone, Sr.

K: James Sewell, Cherokee Co., Sr.; Tyler Thomas, Oneonta, Sr.

DB: Hunter Hanson, Alabama Chr., Sr.; Justin Tindle, Satsuma, Sr.

LB: Demareous Smith, Rogers, Sr.; Jackson Vest, Randolph, Jr.

DL: Lane Corbitt, North Jackson, Sr.; Kyle Green, Hamilton, Sr.

P: Ben Cowart, Trinity, Sr.; Bronson Schad, Madison Acad., Jr.

Athlete: Landon Cornutt, Ashville, Jr.; Matt Hiott, Bibb Co., Sr.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Mike Robertson, Hokes Bluff

CLASS 3A

FIRST TEAM

Offense

QB: Taylor Hayes, Piedmont, Sr., 5-11, 205

RB: Jalyn Jones, Lauderdale Co., Sr., 5-10, 225

RB: Caleb Roebuck, Sylvania, Sr., 6-1, 195

RB: Austin Tucker, Ohatchee, Sr., 5-10, 165

REC: Kobe Bradley, Hillcrest-Evergreen, Jr., 5-7, 147

REC: Maurice Goodman, Weaver, Sr., 5-10, 135

REC: DeQuan Johnson, Southside-Selma, Sr., 6-1, 185

OL: Riley Benavides, Weaver, Jr., 5-10, 280

OL: Krae Keener, Piedmont, Sr., 6-2, 290

OL: Mason Langley, Piedmont, Sr., 6-3, 305

OL: Caleb Montgomery, Ohatchee, Sr., 6-0, 237

OL: Cade Sanchez, Lexington, Sr., 6-3, 250

K: Beau Horn, Mobile Chr., Sr., 5-10, 190

Defense

DB: JoJo Booker, T.R. Miller, Sr., 6-1, 200

DB: Edward Moore, Southside-Selma, Jr., 6-1, 190

DB: Cardavion Myers, Piedmont, Jr., 6-1, 175

DB: Hennis Washington, Opp, Sr., 6-0, 190

LB: Austin Brazier, Piedmont, Sr., 6-2, 225

LB: Taylor Eubanks, Ohatchee, Sr., 5-10, 200

LB: Jaymiane Fils-Aime, Daleville, Sr., 6-1, 225

LB: Tyler Olds, Montevallo, So., 6-0, 175

DL: Logan Beadles, Piedmont, Jr., 6-3, 300

DL: Adam Ingram, Oakman, Sr., 6-4, 260

DL: Tramkequez Lane, Opp, Sr., 6-2, 230

DL: Demetrius Smith, Montevallo, Jr., 6-1, 225

P: Britt Sparks, American Chr., Sr., 6-5, 205

Athlete

Tyrik Hall, Weaver, Sr., 5-5, 180

Collin Herring, Gordo, Jr., 5-9, 185
Orlando Lacey, Opp, Sr., 6-0, 175

Troy Young, Mobile Chr., Sr., 6-1, 195

SECOND TEAM

Offense

QB: Koy Chapman, Gordo, Sr., 6-2, 200

RB: Jonate Cotton, New Hope, Sr., 6-1, 194

RB: Lee Stanley, Piedmont, Jr., 5-9, 175

RB: Tyson Teague, West Morgan, So., 5-10, 160

REC: Essie Davis, Gordo, Sr., 6-0, 190

REC: Javon Ivory, Clarke Co., So., 6-2, 190

REC: Dylan Morton, Holly Pond, Sr., 6-3, 182

OL: Ryan Gagliano, Flomaton, Sr., 6-6, 300

OL: Austin Guyse, West Morgan, Jr., 6-3, 290

OL: Collin Sanchez, Lexington, Sr., 6-5, 245

OL: Jake Whitehead, Pisgah, Sr., 6-3, 273

OL: Lee Williams, Gordo, Sr., 6-0, 186

K: Jose Hernandez, Locust Fork, So., 5-8, 150

Defense

DB: Garrett Boland, Vinemont, Sr., 5-11, 145

DB: Keith Gallmon, Mobile Chr., Jr., 6-0, 190

DB: Juhmir Lampley, Pike Co., Sr., 5-8, 165

DB: Connor Woods, Oakman, Jr., 5-10, 175

LB: Jud Blount, Montgomery Acad., Sr., 5-9, 195

LB: Bo Ezell, Bayside Acad., Sr., 6-1, 195

LB: Ricky Hall, Providence Chr., Sr., 5-11, 180

LB: Ja’Len Sims, Fultondale, So., 6-1, 210

DL: Matt Elston, Weaver, Sr., 6-0, 220

DL: Michael Kelly, Montgomery Acad., Sr., 6-3, 208

DL: Jason King, Fultondale, Jr., 5-8, 220

DL: Kaine Yates, Hanceville, Sr., 6-3, 215

P: Kainan Pouncy, Daleville, Sr., 6-1, 220

Athlete

Tre’Shawn Brown, Montevallo, Sr., 6-1, 180

Bret Clark, New Hope, Sr., 5-11, 186

Caleb Jones, Holly Pond, Sr., 5-10, 175

Darius Smith, Slocomb, Sr., 5-11, 180

HONORABLE MENTION

QB: Raymond Graham, Central-Coosa, Sr.; Zac Oden, Montevallo, Sr.

RB: Reggie Rayford, Cottage Hill, Jr.; Keefe White, Montgomery Acad., Jr.

REC: Trey Dixon, Flomaton, Sr.; Carson McGinnis, Carbon Hill, So.

OL: Austin Cummings, American Chr., Sr.; Chris Nobles, T.R. Miller, Jr.

K: none.

DB: Pierce Porter, North Sand Mountain, Sr.; Khalil Yow, Fultondale, Jr.

LB: Caden Dowdell, Beulah, So.; Tekevin Thomas, Pike Co., Jr.

DL: Austin Glasscox, Locust Fork, Sr.; Jetez Hamilton, Colbert Co., Jr.

P: Henry Beckett, Houston Acad., So.; Thomas Langdon, Gordo, Sr.

Athlete: Spencer Sartain, Lauderdale Co., Sr.; B.J. Smalls, Hanceville, Sr.

COACH OF THE YEAR

John Ritter, West Morgan

CLASS 2A

FIRST TEAM

Offense

QB: Tre Story, Lanett, Sr., 6-2, 185

RB: DeMontez Hinton, Aliceville, Sr., 5-10, 182

RB: Dilan Kilpatrick, Fyffe, Sr., 6-0, 200

RB: Garrett Sanders, G.W. Long, Sr., 5-7, 170

REC: Andre Little, West End, Sr., 6-1, 180

REC: Anquaevious Pollard, Lanett, Jr., 6-6, 205

REC: Juwan Tyus, Verbena, Sr., 6-3, 197

OL: Tyler Harris, Luverne, Jr., 6-2, 260

OL: Dalton Harrison, Washington Co., Sr., 5-10, 240

OL: Courtney Holloway, LaFayette, Sr., 6-0, 302

OL: Jase Jones, Fyffe, Sr., 6-2, 247

OL: Tyler Wilhelm, Fyffe, Sr., 6-2, 245

K: Juan Castro, Cleveland, Jr., 5-10, 170

Defense

DB: Trikweze Bridges, Lanett, So., 6-4, 175

DB: Cayde Elliott, Cold Springs, Sr., 5-11, 165

DB: Trey Rivers, Leroy, Sr., 5-10, 160

DB: Oman Smothers, Tanner, Sr., 5-10, 160

LB: Tyler Blakely, Collinsville, Sr., 5-11, 195

LB: Lee Davis, Samson, Sr., 6-1, 190

LB: Hunter Green, Cleveland, Sr., 6-0, 200

LB: Zarian Heard, LaFayette, Sr., 5-11, 195

DL: Wes Davis, Samson, Sr., 6-0, 220

DL: Travon Mathis, Lanett, Sr., 6-3, 270

DL: Zakobe Shoulders, Tanner, Jr., 5-9, 220

DL: Deonte Taylor, Aliceville, Sr., 6-2, 220

P: Dawson Hamlin, Zion Chapel, Jr., 6-3, 175

Athlete

Anthony Miller, Verbena, Sr., 5-6, 140

Malik Smith, Sheffield, Sr., 6-2, 190

Chadarius Townsend, Tanner, Sr., 6-1, 190

JaTarvious Whitlow, LaFayette, Sr., 6-0, 205

SECOND TEAM

Offense

QB: Tristan Short, Verbena, Sr., 6-0, 165

RB: Drew Hill, Horseshoe Bend, Sr., 5-8, 190

RB: Marcus McGhee, Luverne, Jr., 6-0, 200

RB: Dee Williams, Elba, Sr., 5-8, 190

REC: Bailey DeLoach, Fayetteville, Sr., 5-10, 165

REC: Donovan Goodwin, Sheffield, Sr., 6-2, 225

REC: CJ Yarbrough, Tanner, So., 6-3, 195

OL: Blake Baker, Reeltown, Sr., 6-5, 250

OL: Gunnar Dunaway, New Brockton, Sr., 6-3, 283

OL: Carlos Smith, G.W. Long, Sr., 6-2, 270

OL: Riley Smith, Ranburne, Sr., 5-11, 245

OL: Torran Smith, Reeltown, Sr., 6-0, 329

K: Max Weeks, New Brockton, Sr., 6-3, 180

Defense

DB: Caeden Godfrey, Westbrook Chr., Jr., 6-0, 170

DB: Clay Kelley, New Brockton, Sr., 5-9, 178

DB: Nick Randolph, Cleveland, Sr., 5-10, 160

DB: MyKale Trammell, LaFayette, Sr., 5-11, 185

LB: Court Coley, Westbrook Chr., Jr., 6-0, 205

LB: Rob English, Elba, Sr., 6-2, 195

LB: Brandon Heard, Horseshoe Bend, Sr., 5-9, 205

LB: DeAngelo Kimbrough, LaFayette, Sr., 5-10, 200

DL: Jamal Beaty, G.W. Long, Sr., 5-10, 180

DL: Baraskious Dowdell, Lanett, Jr., 6-2, 230

DL: Michael Patton, West End, So., 5-11, 160

DL: Steven Wash, Collinsville, Sr., 6-0, 250

P: Chad Stinson, Horseshoe Bend, Jr., 5-10, 185

Athlete

Michael Anderson, Washington Co., Sr., 6-1, 190

JaMarquez Boston-Gaines, LaFayette, Jr., 5-11, 185

Bradon Carver, Sand Rock, Sr., 6-0, 195

Jamar Richardson, Aliceville, Sr., 6-1, 180

HONORABLE MENTION

QB: Jeremiah Harris, Abbeville, Sr.; Payne Stancil, West End, Jr.

RB: Robert Houston, LaFayette, Jr.; Jordan Malin, West End, Sr.

REC: Mannie Ford, Sheffield, Sr.; Zach Garcia, Samson, Sr.

OL: Webb Dobbins, Billingsley, Sr.; DeWayne Miller, West End, Jr.

K: Jake Houle, Ranburne, Sr.

DB: Bryson Peavy, Ariton, So.

LB: Ky’Woine Thomas, Keith, Jr.; Junior Tomas, West End, Sr.

DL: ZyQuez Mitchell, LaFayette, Sr.; Jordan Thompson, Billingsley, Sr.

P: Carson Carver, Sand Rock, Jr.; Landon Reed, Billingsley, Sr.

Athlete: Zack Alford, Goshen, Jr.; J.T. Wise, Samson, Sr.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Rico Jackson, Aliceville

CLASS 1A

FIRST TEAM 

Offense

QB: Jacob Free, Brantley, Sr., 6-5, 211

RB: Dax Benton, Hubbertville, Sr., 6-1, 185

RB: Terence Dunlap, Maplesville, Sr., 5-11, 178

RB: John Lee, Red Level, Sr., 5-11, 190

REC: Christian Emberg, Berry, Jr., 5-11, 155

REC: David Smith, Victory Chr., Sr., 5-8, 155

REC: Nathaniel Watson, Maplesville, Jr., 6-3, 215

OL: Brandon Bates, Linden, Sr., 5-11, 245

OL: Zack Collins, Sumiton Chr., Sr., 6-0, 240

OL: Tyrone Davis, Maplesville, Jr., 6-2, 315

OL: Matthew Mann, Addison, Sr., 6-3, 255

OL: Zeke Powell, Georgiana, Sr., 6-4, 300

K: Mitchell Baker, Donoho, Sr., 6-1, 185

Defense

DB: Cameron Borden, Winterboro, Jr., 5-8, 155

DB: Dequan Charleston, Linden, Sr., 6-1, 180

DB: Quae Drake, Wadley, Jr., 6-2, 170

DB: Tommy Woodall, Sumiton Chr., Sr., 5-7, 160

LB: Timothy Bradley, Maplesville, So., 5-11, 185

LB: Cameron Longmire, Georgiana, Jr., 5-8, 195

LB: Ben McGough, Decatur Heritage, Sr., 5-11, 180

LB: DeVonta Poole, Linden, Sr., 6-0, 185

DL: Devin March, Houston Co., Jr., 6-2, 215

DL: Jah’Darius McIntosh, Sweet Water, So., 5-9, 155

DL: Tristen Thetford, Maplesville, So., 6-0, 210

DL: Willy Washington, Isabella, Jr., 6-0, 250

P: William Brown, McKenzie, Sr., 6-2, 185

Athlete

Dakota Lambert, Spring Garden, Sr., 5-10, 170

Sammy Latham, Sumiton Chr., Sr., 5-10, 182

Cordarius Pritchett, Marengo, Sr., 5-10, 170

Noah Rice, Addison, Sr., 5-11, 170

SECOND TEAM

Offense

QB: Zach Thomas, Pickens Co., Sr., 6-2, 195

RB: Caleb Bonner, Pickens Co., Sr., 6-3, 205

RB: C.J. Cook, Notasulga, Sr., 6-0, 190

RB: Chris Shufford, McKenzie, Sr., 5-8, 161

REC: Jeff Hunter, Decatur Heritage, Sr., 6-1, 195

REC: Tommy Spivey, Brantley, Sr., 6-1, 170

REC: Walter Tatum, Notasulga, Jr., 6-0, 185

OL: Noah Barnett, Hackleburg, Jr., 5-11, 215

OL: Seth Bishop, Cedar Bluff, Sr., 6-1, 240

OL: Ethan Morrison, Berry, Sr., 6-2, 305

OL: Bobby Talley, Lynn, Jr., 6-1, 280

OL: Labrandon Tatum, Notasulga, Sr., 6-1, 255

K: C.J. LeCroy, Isabella, Sr., 5-11, 170

Defense

DB: Matt Harper, Hackleburg, Sr., 6-0, 170

DB: Isaiha Jones, Cedar Bluff, Jr., 5-11, 170

DB: Trent Sams, Sweet Water, Jr., 5-10, 150

DB: Jamarcus Sims, Georgiana, Jr., 6-2, 180

LB: De’Angelos Crispin, Marengo, Jr., 6-4, 230

LB: Stone Fincher, Hackleburg, So., 5-9, 155

LB: Connor Fordham, Wadley, Sr., 6-0, 185

LB: Ross Johnson, Cedar Bluff, So., 6-2, 250

DL: Landon Lawson, Gaylesville, Sr., 6-0, 190

DL: Kevin Mims, Maplesville, Sr., 5-10, 160

DL: PJay Smith, Spring Garden, So., 5-8, 175

DL: KwaDarius Tatum, Loachapoka, Sr., 5-9, 263

P: Johnny Robertson, A.L. Johnson, Jr., 6-2, 190

Athlete

Charles Blackmon, Linden, Sr., 6-0, 180

Immanuel Dawsey, Houston Co., Jr., 5-11, 170

Shamar Lewis, Sweet Water, Jr., 5-11, 168

Zeb Maze, Addison, Sr., 5-11, 240

Honorable mention

QB: James Raines, Berry, Sr.; Christopher Robinson, Linden, Sr.

RB: Trevell Smith, Houston Co., Jr.; Tanner Talley, Sumiton Chr., Sr.

REC: Ray Elliott, Shoals Chr., Sr.; D’Andre Sinclair, Brantley, Jr.

OL: Khalil Keith, Winterboro, Sr.; Jonathon Shinn, Cedar Bluff, Sr.

K: none.

DB: Trey Lewis, Millry, Fr.

LB: Seth Barrentine, Pickens Co., Sr.

DL: Antwan Cowan, Notasulga, Sr.; Lecedric Haynes, Georgiana, So.

P: Corey Alexander, Lynn, Sr.

Athlete: Evan Crowe, Hackleburg; Christian Williams, Georgiana, So.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Tate Leonard, Isabella

AISA

FIRST TEAM

Offense

QB: Griffin McKenzie, Monroe Acad., Jr., 5-9, 165

RB: Weldon Aydelott, Marengo Acad., Sr., 5-10, 195

RB: Brandon Reid, Lowndes Acad., Sr., 5-10, 185

RB: Thomas Sims, Bessemer Acad., Sr., 6-1, 205

REC: Xavier Coleman, Bessemer Acad., Jr., 6-1, 180

REC: Alvin Forward, Jackson Acad., Jr., 5-11, 150

REC: Jo-Jo Joiner, Cornerstone Chr., Sr., 6-2, 180

OL: Chasen Earnhardt, Lee-Scott, So., 6-3, 305

OL: Gerald Luster, Bessemer Acad., Sr., 6-3, 330

OL: D.J. Nettles, Marengo Acad., Sr., 6-3, 260

OL: Aaron Scroggins, Bessemer Acad., Sr., 6-1, 275

OL: Jakerrius Wyatt, Autauga Acad., Sr., 6-3, 290

K: John David Willis, Abbeville Chr., Sr., 6-0, 235

Defense

DB: River Barber, Autauga Acad., Sr., 6-0, 190

DB: Fred Flavors, Escambia Acad., Jr., 5-11, 170

DB: Jake Kinney, Northside Methodist, So., 5-9, 160

DB: Aaron Paige, SMCA, Sr., 5-9, 170

LB: Riley Harcrow, Pickens Acad., Jr., 5-9, 165

LB: Tyler Hussey, Pike Liberal Arts, Sr., 6-1, 180

LB: Lane Powell, Monroe Acad., Sr., 6-0, 210

LB: Noah Wilder, Bessemer Acad., Sr., 6-1, 215

DL: Zach Guy, Springwood, Jr., 6-3, 290

DL: Jeffery Lee, Autauga Acad., Sr., 6-2, 220

DL: Trae Lee, Escambia Acad., Sr., 6-2, 250

DL: Dylan Thomas, Clarke Prep, So., 6-2, 215

P: Briceson Cook, Northside Methodist, Jr., 6-5, 210

Athlete

K.J. Hall, SMCA, So., 5-10, 180

Malik Lyons, Chambers Acad., Sr., 5-10, 175

Kendrick Rogers, Autauga Acad., Fr., 5-10, 160

Louie Turner, Escambia Acad., Jr., 5-11, 205

SECOND TEAM

Offense

QB: Tripp Carr, Autauga Acad., So., 5-10, 160

RB: JT Ball, Pike Liberal Arts, Sr., 5-9, 170

RB: Gavin Caine, Clarke Prep, Jr., 6-0, 190

RB: Derrick Dunigan, Autauga Acad., Sr., 5-11, 190

REC: Devon McCree, Abbeville Chr., Sr., 6-3, 175

REC: Cameron O’Neil, Glenwood, Jr., 6-3, 190

REC: Tanner Payton, Autauga Acad., Sr., 6-0, 170

OL: Will Cadoura, Glenwood, Sr., 6-3, 300

OL: Josh Graham, Pike Liberal Arts, Sr., 6-4, 280

OL: Landon Houlditch, Marengo Acad., Sr., 6-2, 230

OL: Gabe Sexton, Evangel Chr.-Montgomery, Sr., 5-10, 255

OL: Cam Tramell, Springwood, Sr., 5-11, 265

K: Thomas Camacho, Glenwood, Jr., 6-0, 160

Defense

DB: Carson Allison, Glenwood, Sr., 5-11, 170

DB: Kris Brown, Escambia Acad., Sr., 5-8, 186

DB: Daryl Moore, Springwood, So., 5-9, 155

DB: Grant Tyson, Hooper, Fr., 5-9, 170

LB: Kashe Boatner, Glenwood, Sr., 6-1, 235

LB: Robby Busby, Jackson Acad., Jr., 6-0, 195

LB: Bishop Holcomb, Hooper, Sr., 6-2, 170

LB: Greg Taylor, Evangel Chr., Sr., 5-9, 212

DL: Buddy Johnson, SMCA, Jr., 6-0, 225

DL: Mateo Valdez, Chambers Acad., Sr., 6-0, 210

DL: Macklin Watson, Monroe Acad., Jr., 5-9, 230

DL: Jimbo Wheeler, Lowndes Acad., Sr., 6-0, 250

P: Jon Johnson, Lowndes Acad., Jr., 5-10, 170

Athlete

Tyler Chapman, South Choctaw Acad., Sr., 5-9, 160

Caleb Cook, Lakeside, Jr., 6-1, 200

Dalton McKenzie, Monroe Acad., Jr., 5-10, 170

Shykee Thomas, Springwood, Sr., 5-10, 178

HONORABLE MENTION

QB: Blaine Smith, Bessemer Acad., Sr.

RB: Rayshod Alexander, Northside Methodist, Sr.; Dee Smith, Evangel Chr.-Montgomery, Jr.

REC: Drew Baker, Macon-East, Jr.; Reid Potthoff, Lakeside, Sr.

OL: Josiah Parrish, Northside Methodist, Sr.; Kevin Thompson, Pike Liberal Arts, Sr.

K: Trey Finnison, Tuscaloosa Acad., So.; Kainoa Gumapac, Escambia Acad., Sr.

DB: Dalton Girard, Northside Methodist, Sr.; Zack Peacock, Macon-East, Jr.

LB: Djay Gardner, Autauga Acad., Jr.; Hunter Gilbert, Bessemer Acad., Sr.

DL: Sawyer McKenzie, Pike Liberal Arts, Sr.; Mario Richmond, Glenwood, Sr.

P: None

Athlete: Anthony Gill, Evangel Chr., Sr.; Brantley Ward, Patrician, Sr.

 

COACH OF THE YEAR

Bob Taylor, Lowndes Acad.

Marengo, Greene, Sumter receive CDBG funds

MONTGOMERY — Governor Robert Bentley on Tuesday awarded four Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) totaling $1.3 million to communities in Greene, Marengo and Sumter counties.

“The grants awarded today are much needed to improve the infrastructure in these communities,” Governor Bentley said. “For the continued community and economic growth improvements must be made, so the infrastructure can sustain the growth. Without the CDBG funds these municipalities would not be able to afford much needed upgrades. We are proud to be able to award these very important grants to make sure future growth is possible.”

The town of Boligee was awarded a $250,000 grant that will be used to resurface Main Street, Allison Street and Gould Street. The town of Epes was awarded a $350,000 grant to be used to rehabilitate 22 homes and repave Porter Avenue. The Marengo County Commission was awarded a $350,000 grant that will be used to extend water services to County Road 53 and interconnect Thomaston and Linden. The city of York received a $350,000 grant to be used to rehabilitate vitrified clay sewer mains beginning at U.S. Highway 17 and continuing along Broad Street.

CDBG grants are made available through the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA).

“Community Development Block Grants are important investments in the quality of life for Alabama communities,” ADECA Director Jim Byard Jr. said. “This year, ADECA received 108 applications for projects that support economic and community development. We were able to award 54 projects totaling $17.5 million in investments. I am proud of the projects chosen this year, especially these projects for west Alabama.”

The CDBG program provides communities with resources to meet development needs and goes to affect the lives of millions of people throughout the country.

Longhorns trounce Crenshaw to move to state semi-final round

11-3-16 -- Linden, Ala. -- Marengo Academy's Hayden Megginson crosses the goal line against the Crenshaw Academy Cougars.

11-3-16 — Linden, Ala. — Marengo Academy’s Hayden Megginson crosses the goal line against the Crenshaw Christian Academy Cougars.

LINDEN — Many of the Longhorn faithful were looking for a throwback performance Thursday night. Shortly after the Longhorns ran through a paper banner that read “Throwback to 2013”, an homage to the school’s last state championship win, Marengo Academy wasted little time shrugging off Crenshaw Christian with a 53-7 victory in the first round of the AISA, Class A playoffs.

11-3-16 -- Linden, Ala. -- Marengo Academy's Jacob Beck takes off on a long runagainst the Crenshaw Academy Cougars.

11-3-16 — Linden, Ala. — Marengo Academy’s Jacob Beck takes off on a long run against the Crenshaw Christian Academy Cougars.

The throwback theme persisted over the course of the night as Marengo lined up often in its trademark Wing-T and mixed it with a Wishbone look while pounding out 43 run plays on the night.

The Longhorns hung 34 points on the board in the first quarter, including touchdowns on their first three offensive plays. Cameron Peppenhorst ran it in from 44 yards out before Gavin Tate hualed in a 48-yard touchdown strike from Jacob Beck. After a Weldon Aydelott fumble recovery, Hayden Megginson sprinted 10 yards for a touchdown and the rout was on. Aydelott then added a 4-yard touchdown run and Gavin Thompson scored from 32 yards away.

11-3-16 -- Linden, Ala. -- Marengo Academy's Gavin Thompson breaks a long run against the Crenshaw Academy Cougars.

11-3-16 — Linden, Ala. — Marengo Academy’s Gavin Thompson breaks a long run against the Crenshaw Christian Academy Cougars.

Thompson added a 3-yard score in the second quarter before Megginson broke a 63-yard touchdown and the Longhorns stretched the halftime 46-0.

“We didn’t know really what to expect from them. The first quarter lasted forever. We scored the first three times we touched the ball and went up 20-0,” Marengo Academy coach Webb Tutt said. “That just put them behind the eight ball and caused us to gain some momentum. We were able to go into half up big. I was pleased with that.”

11-3-16 -- Linden, Ala. -- Marengo Academy's Alex Owens (62) stops a Cougar runner in the backfield in the Longhorns game against Crenshaw Academy.

11-3-16 — Linden, Ala. — Marengo Academy’s Alex Owens (62) stops a Cougar runner in the backfield in the Longhorns game against Crenshaw Christian Academy.

Megginson scored a 12-yard run in the third quarter to cap the Marengo scoring. Quashun Laprade broke a 40-yard run on a lateral in the fourth quarter to account for the lone Cougar touchdown.

The Longhorns amassed 307 yards on the ground in the contest while using 10 different ball carriers. Megginson led the way with 107 yards and three touchdowns on only 10 carries.

Marengo (9-1) hosts the winner of Abbeville Christian and South Choctaw next Friday night in the state semi-final.

11-3-16 -- Linden, Ala. -- Marengo Academy's William Drake breaks free against the Crenshaw Academy Cougars.

11-3-16 — Linden, Ala. — Marengo Academy’s William Drake breaks free against the Crenshaw Christian Academy Cougars.